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Bruce desperate for reinforcements

January 17, 2015 12:44:45 UK

Hull City boss Steve Bruce says he is desperately searching for a new striker but claims he will not take a gamble in the January transfer market.

The Tigers have been hit hard by injuries this season and were left counting the cost of last week’s 1-0 defeat at West Brom, where Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez picked up serious injuries.

Hull expect the duo to be out for up to four weeks, leaving Bruce short of attacking options in their fight against relegation.

Bruce revealed earlier this month he would like to have signed Jermain Defoe but was priced out of a deal, with Sunderland swooping to bring in the England forward.

Another target for the Humberside club was Arsenal youngster Yaya Sanogo but he has now gone to Crystal Palace on loan, leaving Bruce in a quandary.

The former Manchester United defender says he is working hard to get someone in at the KC Stadium but admits he has no immediate targets in mind.

“There are one or two things going on at the moment,” he said. “We’re working every hour God sends us to persuade someone to join us.

“Everyone is jostling for position at the moment to see the availability.

“It’s difficult because where are they? Where are the centre-forwards for limited money or on loan?

“We’ll keep trying and working away at it, and hopefully discover something.

“I won’t just bring someone in for the sake of it, otherwise it just defeats the object of what you’re doing. If they’re not good enough then what’s the point?”

The Tigers have 13 days off to search for new players after Sunday’s game with West Ham, a match they are 5.25 to win as they look to climb out of the relegation zone. The Hammers are 1.75 and the draw 3.75.

Bruce believes had he not been hamstrung by injuries his team would not be in relegation trouble, with at least six players unavailable for this week’s game.

“It has become a little bit difficult but if we didn’t have injuries I don’t think I’d be knocking on the door,” he added.

“Needs must and to be fair to the chairman he realises that. We’ll see and keep working away.”

Hull are 2.62 to be relegated this season, with Crystal Palace 3.00 and Burnley 1.80.

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